Abarema is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Fabaceae family, widely known for their exquisite flowers and unique leaf structures. They grow in tropical regions of Central and South America, including countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The size of the different species within the genus varies, ranging from small shrubs to tall trees that can reach up to 30 meters in height. The flowers, which typically range from pink and purple to white, have a sweet fragrance that attracts pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Abarema leaves are usually compound, composed of multiple leaflets.
Abarema species are peaceful and passive, and they are mainly found in tropical forests, where they grow amidst other vegetation. Indigenous communities often use Abarema for medicinal purposes, especially its flowers, believed to have properties that can help alleviate various ailments. Moreover, these plants play a significant ecological role by providing food and shelter for numerous animals such as birds, monkeys, and insects.
Despite their ecological importance and medicinal value, many Abarema species are endangered. Habitat loss caused by deforestation and other human activities remains the primary factor contributing to the decline of Abarema populations. In addition, climate change is another significant concern that could adversely impact the growth and survival of these plants. Furthermore, over-harvesting of Abarema for medicinal purposes has also contributed to their decline, making conservation efforts essential to protect these plants and ensure their survival for future generations.
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Glenn, C. R. 2006. "Earth's Endangered Creatures - Abarema spp. Facts" (Online).
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